[ noun ] process or manner of functioning or operating


"the power of its engine determine its operation" "the plane's operation in high winds" "they compared the cooking performance of each oven" "the jet's performance conformed to high standards"

Used in print

(Kenneth Reiner, "Coping with Runaway Technology"...)

One way to determine whether we have so dangerous a technology would be to check the strength of our society 's organs to see if their functioning is as healthy as before .

(Raymond J. Corsini et al., Roleplaying in Business...)

In considering roleplaying for analysis we enter a more complex area , since we are now no_longer dealing with a simple over-all decision but rather with the examination and evaluation of many elements seen in dynamic functioning .

This behavior is more `` veridical '' - or true than other testing behavior for some types of evaluation , and so can give quick and accurate estimates of complex functioning .

Related terms

work process job go

[ adjective ] performing or able to perform its regular function


"a functioning flashlight"

Used in print

(Alex Gordon, The Cipher....)

He had assumed that all these buildings had been divided into apartments , but this one , from a glance at the hall furnishings , was obviously still a functioning town_house , and its owners were in residence ; that made it doubtful as the hiding_place of a man whose plans had to be made in_advance .

Related terms

malfunctioning running up